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Meanwhile, down in the gym, a dozen blind students were dissecting dog sharks! @ArapahoeCC

Deya and Alma examine their Shark

These Denver high school students, Deya and Alma were two of the dozen middle school to college prep students who experienced all the sensory data of a spiny dog shark when they opened one up today at the Center.

Well, except for taste.

Thanks again to Arapahoe Community College’s Biology Professor Terry Harrison for leading these blind students through a meaningful lesson about anatomy – a lesson with the side benefit of learning that vision isn’t the only sense with which to do real science!

Terry Harrison with the 2019 Shark Dissection Group

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We’re open today, and sharks are on for tomorrow! The #BombCyclone has blown on by!

It was a relatively calm morning after yesterday’s Bomb Cyclone, with 8 to 12 inches of snow and extreme winds blowing the flakes sideways and into drifts. Admittedly we had to skate our way into the Center before eight this morning, climbing over ice boulders thrown onto the sidewalk along Prince Street by snowplows, but we are here. We are grateful not to be among the nearly 80,000 customers in the Metro area without power this morning.

And we are on for tomorrow’s shark dissection with Arapahoe Community College’s Terry Harrison. We’re plowing and digging and de-icing our way out in plenty of time for that! And the sharks come frozen anyway!

WHY DOES A SHARK GROW NEW TEETH?

Usually, a shark’s mouth has several rows of teeth, therefore when they lose one because of struggling with prey or just because they are renewing it, the correspondent tooth from the row behind it goes forward to fill the space in the jaw.

Sharks grow new teeth continually throughout their lives, and some may produce as many as 30,000 in their life. That’s an estimate.

Shark Facts and Information

Two sets of blue gloved hands exploring a shark from either side of the table

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It’s slimy, it’s smelly, it’s SCIENCE! Shark Dissection coming March 15

Terry Harrison showing a student various organs inside a shark

The annual shark dissection at the Colorado Center for the Blind with Arapahoe Community College Biology/Anatomy Professor Terry Harrison will be held:

Friday, March 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120

Here’s a great accessible STEM activity for blind students Grades 6 and older. Parents and teachers are welcome as participants or observers.

Teachers/Parents, please RSVP, so we can plan for enough sharks and pizzas (no anchovies)!

Contact Brent Batron for further info at 303-778-1130, x222 or [email protected].

See you on March 15!

The annual shark dissection at the Colorado Center for the Blind with Arapahoe Community College Biology/Anatomy Professor Terry Harrison will be held:

Friday, March 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120

Here’s a great accessible STEM activity for blind students Grades 6 and older. Parents and teachers are welcome as participants or observers.

Teachers/Parents, please RSVP, so we can plan for enough sharks and pizzas (no anchovies)!

Contact Brent Batron for further info at 303-778-1130, x222 or [email protected]

See you on March 15!

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Shark Dissection Day This Friday!

the instructor stands and student sits,both have their hands in the shark's open stomach cavity
Arapahoe Community College’s Terry Harrison points out a part of the shark’s anatomy to a high school student in 2014.

For most of us, the run up to the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t conjure thoughts of sharks, but it does here at the Colorado Center for the Blind. That’s because for nearly a decade, Arapahoe Community College’s Biology Professor Terry Harrison has been conducting his shark dissection here with blind kids from around the Denver Metro area as well as from the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB).

This year’s event is Friday, November 13, from 10 a.m. to noon in our gym at 2233 W. Shepperd Ave.

“We set out to show that blind kids can actively participate in STEM subjects in school, and even consider STEM careers,” says Youth Services Director Brent Batron. “Terry has been a great ally for us in accomplishing this critical part of that goal.”

The annual event sponsored by ACC, always just before Thanksgiving, has become a much-anticipated event in November. This year, 30 area students are on the list to dissect the 15 dog sharks that Harrison has ordered. In fact, the demand is so high that there is talk of doing another shark dissection event in February … Valentine’s Day maybe?

Some info about Terry Harrison from ACC’s web site:

Professor Harrison, who has taught at ACC since 1994, teaches all levels and disciplines of Biology courses at ACC.  He is a member of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society, the National Association of Biology Teachers, and Nano-Link.

For mor information about this event or other Youth Services and SEM programs, contact Brent Batron at 303.778.1130, x222 or [email protected].